The Natural Capital Coalition includes many organizations who specialize in providing natural capital training and natural capital technical advice.
Coalition organizations who would like to help business apply the Natural Capital Protocol are profiled on this page. All the organizations listed here are aligned with the Protocol Application Program, and intend to encourage the use of the Natural Capital Protocol as a global standardized framework for understanding impacts and dependencies on natural capital and integrating this into decision making. They are also encouraged to continue to follow the principle of collaboration, sharing their non-commercial experiences and learnings that come out of the support that they provide.
The Coalition secretariat is not endorsing, assuring or accrediting any of these organizations work and it is up to the individual businesses to undertake the necessary due diligence before agreeing to any service provision. The organizations are listed alphabetically and not in any ranking or order.
We will continue to update this page and find better ways of connecting those that can provide support with those that could benefit from it. Our Taking Stock report can also help to provide further background on the different providers that are available. If your organization can offer support and you would like to be listed here, please contact the Coalition on email@example.com.
AECOM provides natural and social capital consultancy services based on an in-depth understanding of the benefits derived from the natural and social environment.
Our natural capital and ecosystem services team has worked with business and communities, national and local government, with the aim of identifying, accounting for and ultimately protecting or enhancing the value of their natural capital. We have a range of ecologists, social scientists, economists, planners, engineers and other specialists working together to determine the value of natural capital and embed this in business processes, projects and investments as well as policies and plans with the ultimate goal of putting the value of nature at the heart of decision making.
We support the Natural Capital Coalition by hosting the monthly Operations Group webinar, to share best practice and move forward the important agenda of natural capital in practice. We have expertise and experience in undertaking environmental valuation, natural capital assessment, cost-benefit analysis, ecosystem-based mitigation and adaptation and in developing market-based instruments. AECOM has applied the Natural Capital Protocol for organisations including Yorkshire Water; researched the business motivations for engaging in the natural capital agenda on behalf of the Joint Nature Conservation; prepared the Payment of Ecosystem Services (PES) best practice guide for Defra; undertaken work to measure the social and environmental returns of woodland creation for the Forestry Commission, UK; has developed in-house as well as client-bespoke ecosystem services valuation tools, one of which was recently awarded the National Grid Chairman’s Award and was shortlisted for the Finance for the Future Awards.
We are an outcome focused environmental consultancy that provides a comprehensive range of natural capital relevant technical and strategic services ranging from: natural capital assessments and mainstreaming, to supply chain analysis, Corprorate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy formulation and implementation, Sustainable Developement Goals (SDG) mainstreaming, improved market positioning, sustainability reporting and the development of visual strategic communication materials that can help our clients translate their projects into innovative and sustainable solutions.
Our added value: We are a multidisciplinary organization with a rich network expanding across the globe. We offer a flexible and agile working structure and approach which is 100% client focused. Our purpose is to assist our clients every step of the way from project inception to final impact, with a particular focus on ensuring our client’s desired outcomes shape the project delivery and outputs.
Anthesis Enveco offers consulting, research and training services. In Anthesis Group, we serve as a Centre of Excellence in environmental economics, and we also have core competencies in social sustainability issues, sustainable energy systems and sustainable urban development, where we have a unique integrated (economy-environment-energy) business proposition based on long experience and innovative solutions. We are well-established in the international research community and have since our inception in 2004 been involved in a considerable number of national and international research and consulting projects, often as the main coordinating body.
We have worked with the public and private sector, to demonstrate that those businesses that value natural capital and account for ecosystem services in their strategic and operational decision making, and accounting, are likely to be more competitive in the long run. We arrive at these findings by: (1) applying environmental economics techniques for valuing ecosystem services and natural capital change; (2) contributing to improved decision-making support for businesses and policy-makers by taking such values into account in cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses; (3) complementing such economic analyses with social and environmental aspects in broader sustainability assessments through multi-criteria analysis; and (4) advising on policy instrument design that would give economic and other incentives for actors to change their behavior in a way that supports a sustainably productive natural capital as a crucial part of a sustainable development.
We are delighted support the important work of the Natural Capital Coalition by contributing to the piloting of The Protocol; participation in the regular operations calls and consultation on the Finance Sector Supplement. We are also engaged in the development of the Oceans Supplement, drawing on our recent involvement in the NutriTrade project in the Baltic, and assessment of the economic value of inland waters in Stockholm.
Applied Genomics deliver bespoke solutions for ecological assessment using the latest advances in environmental genomics technologies. Our approach is particularly valuable for projects undertaken in challenging environments or that have a higher level of operational difficulty, which current ecology techniques cannot easily address: biodiversity assessment; detection of rare or cryptic species; management of threatened or invasive populations. Our solutions may be adapted to suit local to landscape-scale assessments. Our services include biodiversity monitoring, biosecurity, environmental risk assessment, ecotoxicology impact assessments, species-habitat occupancy modelling and environmental rehabilitation. Our approach is cost-effective, non-invasive, rapid, robust and achieves a significant advancement in delivering ecological assessments with molecular accuracy.
We support the Natural Capital Coalition’s mission through sharing of our experience in delivering environmental genomics assessments and by collaborating on the development of protocols for incorporating environmental genomics assessments in an ecosystem valuation framework. We support a shift in corporate behavior to enhance natural capital valuation and the evolution of an enabling policy environment.
Arcadis was part of the team responsible for developing the Natural Capital Protocol. Through our global presence we are able to provide our clients with the necessary support on regional and global issues with regard to natural capital. Arcadis has over many years worked with a wide range of clients on very different projects and can support clients in the following ways:
• Identification of natural capital impacts and dependencies (corporate level, site level, value chain level, product level) and the associated risks and opportunities (based on robust materiality assessment criteria and techniques).
• Measuring and valuing natural capital impacts and dependencies, including the identification of pragmatic indicators.
• Valuation of changes in natural capital; valuation techniques for both societal values and business values.
• Natural Capital Protocol compliance checks – How does your strategy fit with the Stages, Steps and principles of the Natural Capital Protocol?
• Specific expertise in challenging natural capital components such as biodiversity. How to develop pragmatic indicators for biodiversity? Which are suitable No Net Loss approaches? We have extensive experience with Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) to support the quantification of the services provided by natural capital in upstream, midstream, downstream and retirement of assets, globally.
• Specific expertise in Green Infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions: option appraisal, design, assessment of natural capital benefits and business value, training (Arcadis contributed to the WBCSD/UNEP online, free training course on Natural Infrastructure for Business (NI4Biz)).
• Specific expertise in maximizing asset value: optimizing natural capital design in order to increase resilience to climate change, increase biodiversity value, reduce operating costs, etc.
• Defining your Natural Capital Strategy and Action Plan on corporate, site, value chain, product level.
• Developing and conducting trainings on natural capital. We have done so for larger companies as well as small and medium enterprises.
• Specific expertise in natural capital incentive mechanisms (regulatory, voluntary) such as Payments for Ecosystem Services, temporary nature, etc.
Arcadis was also one of the pilot testers for the Natural Capital Protocol. This, along with our contribution to the Dutch Green Deal “Transparency Natural and Social Capital” in collaboration with 21 other Dutch businesses, the government and Non-Governmental Organizations, and the resulting publication “It pays to be transparent” indicates we not only support our clients in identifying their relationship with natural capital but also hold ourselves accountable to the same standard.
We offer our technical and technological expertise of more than 10 years working in the development of methodologies to help our customers in the identification and quantification of their environmental risks and integrating the results in the corporate decision boards. We offer the possibility of, by the application of the Natural Capital Protocol (and/or sector guides), companies make tangible the intangibles. We offer our expertise in developing solutions to help in the application of the Natural Capital Protocol as a global standardized framework for understanding impacts and dependencies on natural capital and integrating this into decision making.
We are a team of biodiversity and ecosystem services experts with practical and policy experience of Natural Capital approaches. Our work with industry, government and NGOs and other stakeholders focuses on achieving an ecologically sustainable basis for development, delivering practical solutions for managing biodiversity risk and realising positive conservation outcomes. We bring our wide experience of real-world projects, in-depth understanding of private sector and government needs and stakeholder perspectives to every challenge.
The Biodiversity Consultancy is at the forefront of biodiversity assessment and accounting. Our staff are globally recognised experts in biodiversity metrics, indicators, and accounting. We have worked with the private sector (e.g. Rio Tinto, Shell), financial institutes (e.g. EBRD, IFC), UN organisations (e.g. UNEP, UNSD), and NGOs (e.g. IUCN, BirdLife International) to develop pragmatic, state-of-the-art approaches to biodiversity assessment and accounting. We are active members of the Natural Capital Coalition and contributed to the development of the Natural Capital Protocol.
Natural Capital approaches have focused mainly on flows of ecosystem services. The ‘stock’ of living natural capital, i.e. biodiversity, has received far less attention. We believe this is because it is hard to construct generalised and scaleable measures for biodiversity. However, it means that, unless addressed, Natural Capital approaches could be significantly incomplete. The Biodiversity Consultancy’s work with Natural Capital has focused on identifying, understanding and filling this gap.
Having been involved from the inception of the Environmental Profit & Loss approach, Dr. Holly Dublin, a senior advisor and expert with The B Team, is well-versed in the field of natural capital assessments and their many business applications. The B Team can offer strong strategic guidance and support to companies weighing up the business case for measuring and valuing their natural capital impacts and dependencies; most importantly at executive and senior management level – from the C-suite to heads of sustainability, procurement and finance.
As a member of the Core Team on the development of the Natural Capital Protocol, we are able to advise on all stages, with a particular emphasis on Framing, Scoping, Measuring and Applying natural capital assessments in the business context. Delving into the Why? What? How? and What Next? with companies wanting to look more deeply into the importance of valuing natural capital impacts or dependencies whether it is at the overall corporate, project or product level; in different places along the value chain (e.g. upstream, downstream or direct operations) or as they influence business or society.
Having worked through the process from start to finish with a number of companies and being familiar with the Protocol from cover to cover, we are happy to provide advice to those beginning their journey and wishing to explore the many benefits of assessing a company’s impacts and dependencies on natural capital.
For nearly 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all. To that end, CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. We do this through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities and companies.
CI has delivered innovative research and science based solutions to transform the global conservation agenda. Researchers of CI’s Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science (MCS) have worked for 27 years on innovative partnerships, advanced analysis and rigorous scientific work that focus on the health of ecosystems, the values they provide to societies and the way people make decisions.
CI has engaged in innovative private sector partnerships for over 25 years. CI has a dedicated team, the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), focused on making global production more sustainable by forging positive collaboration with the private sector. CELB leads CI’s efforts to promote sustainable business practices by working with companies — particularly those that have extensive global footprints in industries like mining, energy and agriculture — to ensure that the production of vital goods and services is sustainable and does not undercut nature’s ability to support humanity. CELB brings together business leaders through the Business & Sustainability Council.
Working in close coordination, experts from CI’s Moore Center for Science and Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) work together through advanced analysis and rigorous science to develop solutions to improve their business practices, creating and implementing strategies that combine bold commitments to sustainability with practical solutions that deliver benefits to the bottom line and the environment.
With the limits of the planet being increasingly stressed and social challenges growing, CREM is committed to a sustainable economy and society, working together with companies, governments, research institutes, NGOs and consumers. Our work encompasses research & advice, training, implementation and communication, from the point of brainstorming to monitoring of results. Working in the Netherlands as well as internationally.
Since the start of CREM in 1989, we have become experts in the fields of (international) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business & Biodiversity, Natural capital, Circular economy and Sustainable production and consumption. Working on the separate areas and linking areas into integrated approaches; e.g. by explaining the role of natural capital in a circular economy or by providing guidance to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services into an ISO 14001 management system.
We are and have been working on a wide variety of natural capital projects, including:
The development of natural capital tools; such as the Natural Capital Quick Scan, assessing impacts, dependencies, risks and opportunities; generic and for specific sectors.
Running a Natural Capital Helpdesk for business since 2013, working with over 100 companies.
The calculation of biodiversity footprints for companies and investment portfolios of financial institutions.
Working on natural capital reporting for business, as part of CSR reporting.
The development of ‘Guide on Natural capital and Financial Institutions’ in collaboration with VBDO, forming the starting point for the development of the Finance Sector Supplement to the Natural Capital Protocol.
Our broad expertise is relevant in all stages of the Natural Capital Protocol, including Frame, Scope, Measure and Apply.
denkstatt is a leading sustainability advisory working across Central and Eastern Europe. The company is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with subsidiary offices in Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania, together comprising of in-house staff of 85 and a network of expertise. Additionally, denkstatt is a member of INOGEN Environmental Alliance – a global network of EHS consultants.
denkstatt’s mission is to drive the change to a sustainable society engaging with corporate clients, state and municipal authorities and institutions, joint projects and partnership initiatives. We help our clients maintain profits in the long-term while increasing natural, social and human capital.
denkstatt performs inventories, environmental and social analyses, impact assessments, trainings. We develop relevant indicators and manage data, identify trade-offs between potential adverse effects, assess external costs and benefits, draft corporate sustainability reports. denkstatt elaborates stakeholder engagement strategies and manages stakeholder processes for high visibility projects including industry and public sector. In addition, denkstatt conducts valuation studies of ecosystem and socio-economic impacts. We delivered one of the pilot projects that contributed to the development of the Natural Capital Protocol: Accounting for ecosystem services of water replenishment interventions, The Coca-Cola Company
Ecoacsa is a pioneering company in Spain offering comprehensive business solutions for private and public sectors to measure and value natural capital.
With this aim, Ecoacsa implements tools to evaluate and integrate natural capital and biodiversity into business production models. This approach allows to develope actions to minimize risks and business dependencies and provide new business opportunities.
Ecoacsa provides comprehensive solutions through the promotion of turnkey projects, consultancy work and creating additional stimuli to encourage new investment paths in rural areas to favour the development of a social fabric and contribute to the conservation of nature in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
Ecoacsa offers all the services associated with knowledge, development and implementation of market mechanisms for nature conservation (development of market tools such us payment for ecosystem services projects, conservation banking, environmental certification, land stwewardship initiatives.
It is essential to know how to integrate ecosystems and their services to the business cycle in our society, in order to achieve sustainable development. Thus, Ecoacsa has a training plan that includes all needed material to natural environment assessment as well as to learn the economic flows in which it is integrated and the tools to reach it.
Ecoacsa has a news platform called Mercados de Medio Ambiente launched to promote and disseminate the development of market mechanisms for nature conservation. Mercados de Medio Ambiente publishes daily valuable information on the importance of ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation as a source of wealth, sustainability projects, rural development initiatives, etc.
eftec have been part of the technical author team of the Natural Capital Protocol, and work on natural capital for businesses, governments and civil society, at local, national and international levels. eftec are offering a 2-day training course that will provide an overview of the Protocol, with an emphasis on its materiality assessment, measurement and valuation steps. This training is designed for business personnel looking to apply and commission natural capital assessments within their business.
eftec provides economic analysis for sound, effective and sustainable environmental management. Since 1992, we have been assisting our public, private and non-governmental clients to:
Understand the value of the natural environment: By using economic valuation techniques for primary research, and interpreting already existing evidence using value transfer.
Demonstrate the value of the natural environment: By applying decision-support tools like cost benefit and cost effectiveness analyses, stakeholder engagement, multi-criteria analysis.
Capture the value of the natural environment: By designing policies and investment strategies that involve offsets, habitat banking, green taxes and voluntary agreements to sustainably generate income and reduce environmental damage.
Many businesses across the world are reliant on increasingly scarce natural resources within their value chains. As a result, including environmental (i.e. natural capital) impacts and dependencies in decision making is critical to ongoing business success. ERM has been involved in collaborative efforts to develop tools and frameworks for measuring and valuing natural capital impacts, including being part of the consortium that developed the Natural Capital Protocol. Our global reach and vast experience can help companies on all of the business applications and apply valuations to those corporate value chain components highlighted in the Protocol. For example:
We work with clients in over 120 countries to address biodiversity and ecosystem services-related projects .
We work with clients to develop strategic approaches to a lower carbon. Our unique combination of specialists are working together to address a broad array of technical and non-technical risks in climate resilience, air quality, energy efficiency, carbon management and climate finance
We support effective planning and execution of capital projects to manage the impacts on local stakeholders and environmental and cultural resources
We develop and implement integrated tiered approaches to assessing and managing our client’s global and local exposure to water risks across all of their assets.
We build customized decision support tools that have helped Fortune 500 companies and others value, monetize and prioritize natural capital impacts for land management, capital budgeting, environmental liability management.
EcoMetrix Solutions Group (ESG) was founded specifically to help clients apply ecosystem services principles to project planning, development and implementation activities. In addition to providing guidance related to study design, impact assessment, alternatives analysis, and results interpretation, ESG helps organizations develop and apply the metrics needed to make better, more informed decisions. ESG staff are available to share our experiences, drawn from performing ecosystem services assessments for Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organizations, and government agency partners, with organizations seeking to apply the Natural Capital Protocol Framework. We offer advice, training, support, and consulting services to help with scoping analyses, applying ecosystem services assessment tools to measure potential project impacts and dependencies, and interpreting results so that ecosystem services information can be integrated into business decisions.
ESG staff are also available to help organizations apply the “Measure and Value” and “Apply” steps of the Natural Capital Protocol Framework to measure ecosystem services on a given site and integrate results into existing processes.
ESG worked in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Dow Chemical Company to develop the ESII Tool, and today it has become an essential support tool in Dow’s new 2025 Goal to Value Nature.
EY can assist you in assessing the risks and the opportunities associated with your natural capital impacts and dependencies and support you in shaping business decisions and strategies that can succeed in a resource-constrained world.
Our services include:
Identification, measurement and valuation of material natural capital impacts and dependencies in your organisation’s supply / value chain.
Development of integrated profit & loss solutions to measure and value the environmental, social and economic impacts of your business’ activities.
Identification of decision-grade KPIs for your senior leadership team, enabling effective management of natural capital across your operations and value chain.
Articulation of your organisation’s relationship with natural capital through public reporting.
As a team, we bring key insights and technical capability to help organisations better understand their natural capital impacts and dependencies. EY provided strategic support to the Coalition’s business engagement strategy, including interviewing more than eighty international businesses to gauge their aspirations for the Protocol. We led the first pilot of the Natural Capital Protocol in a developing country (Colombia), supporting an assessment and analysis in a major consumer products company of the barriers and incentives that enable corporate natural capital measurement and valuation.
For more information and how to contact the team, visit: EY.
Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a registered charity and the world’s longest established international conservation body. FFI is a biodiversity specialist with extensive experience on incorporating the economic values of nature into business decision making and a strong interest in ensuring natural capital assessments adequately incorporate biodiversity risk and opportunity management.
FFI has worked closely with businesses, and influencers of business, since 1997, partnering with a variety of global corporations to integrate biodiversity into management decisions, especially in the extractives and agricultural sectors and focusing on implementation at the business unit level, producing tools such as the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity Tool or the High Level and Site Level Biodiversity Risk Assessment tools. In addition, FFI has worked closely with finance sector to integrate natural capital into financial decision making processes, producing the Ecosystems Benchmark Tool, two natural capital accounting reports with ACCA and KPMG, supporting the Natural Capital Declaration and running the Sustainable Fishing Initiative.
FFI is part of the Natural Capital Coalition and is strong supporter of the Natural Capital Protocol, playing an active role in its development. It is also a leading member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) which acts as the Coalition’s primary partner for biodiversity issues. FFI would be keen to work with organisations looking to explore and implement the Protocol, particularly those concerned with significant impacts or dependencies on biodiversity, and would be in a position to offer both technical advice as well as staff training programmes.
IDEEA Group specialises in building the capacity of governments, businesses and the community in environmental-economic accounting (EEA). EEA is a tool for measurement and decision support that can be used to underpin the application of the Natural Capital Protocol steps and provide means to measure, assess or report on natural capital. There are a range of links that can be made between EEA and the NCP. IDEEA Group has an extensive range of connections to expertise in numerous disciplines, sectors and countries and hence has the capacity to support discussions on natural capital in many contexts. Sectors of expertise are in agriculture and food, forestry, tourism, biodiversity, water, poverty and SDGs, most commonly in the context of applying the United Nations’ System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA).
IDEEA Group is leading the Natural Capital Coalition’s initiative Combining forces and is leading further development of the SEEA through the UN system. Overall, IDEEA Group is in a position to ensure best practice from across the world is applied in every context.
ImpactAgri is a solution provider within the agribusiness sector, and is also a developer and manager of large-scale agriculture projects. It is a sister company of the strategy consulting firm, Irbaris which focuses on environmental sustainability.
Drawing on our ‘on-the-ground’ experience as project developers and implementers, ImpactAgri provides companies, investors and stakeholders with tailored solutions to create value chains, develop business propositions and to lead a project from idea to implementation. We help companies across the food value chain move away from piecemeal, issue-based or checklist-based reporting of natural capital to an integrated analysis of risks and opportunities.
We can help you integrate natural capital by:
Reviewing your financial models to identify key assumptions that can be impacted by natural capital
Explicitly bringing in natural capital data and analyses to back up the assumptions
Understanding risks and opportunities for key components of business plan, measuring trade-offs of various farming methods, and conducting sensitivity analyses (e.g. managing soil organic matter to reduce irrigation requirements, etc.)
Analysing portfolios to assess exposure to pests and diseases, water shortages, lack of pollination services, etc.
Mapping and managing global food value chains from end-to-end. By unveiling complete and transparent data on product-level costs, performance, working capital, resourcing, compliance, resilience and risks, decision-makers can internalise natural capital impacts and dependencies and optimize the supply chain accordingly
Indufor, established in 1980, is an independent international consulting firm with offices in Helsinki, Melbourne, Auckland and Washington D.C. During our 35-year history, we have consistently provided advisory services on environmental, economic and social sustainability issues. We serve both public and private sector clients in all global regions.
Our extensive experience in natural capital accounting and valuation including piloting the Natural Capital Protocol, means we are well-placed to identify and assess natural capital impacts and dependencies experienced by companies in a range of contexts; especially in forested landscapes. In applying the Natural Capital Protocol framework, we adapt, leverage, and integrate companies’ existing business processes to identify barriers and opportunities. These play a critical role in the identification, measurement, and valuation of natural capital impacts and dependencies throughout corporate value chains. In applying the Protocol, we adapt our approach and method for each client. Our Protocol application is formulated to reflect the intended use of the assessment in the company’s business processes and decision-making.
We draw on our experience in capacity building around natural capital and ecosystem and abiotic services to inform about the best use of the results and prepare each client for adopting natural capital assessments aligned with the Protocol. Considerations include operational, reputational, financial, legal and regulatory dimensions, which we further combine with Indufor’s company-wide sustainable development approach.
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Integrated Sustainability Services (Pty) Ltd (ISS) has been offering sustainability services since 2011 and took part in the development of the Natural Capital Protocol . ISS offers specialised natural capital valuation, accounting and reporting services to respond to the needs of any business.
ISS has experience in ecosystem services assessments, mapping and scenario analysis, as well as net impact accounting, in the manufacturing, mining, property development, banking and development aid sectors, throughout Africa (Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia) and the world (China, France, India, Japan, Portugal, United Kingdom).
The Irish Forum on Natural Capital is raising awareness of the natural capital approach in Ireland. If your company would like an introduction to natural capital concepts and their application in the private sector through the Natural Capital Protocol, please get in touch.
Landmark are leading specialists in environmental and geographical data. We have deep knowledge on the sourcing, preparation, combination, use, modelling, interpretation and presentation of data around land, property, natural processes and ecosystem services. We would be happy to help you understand your data needs, opportunities and impediments around applying the Natural Capital Protocol, as well as helping you find professional assistance, should that be required. It is possible that we offer some of these services ourselves, but we would always be impartial – as best we can – about helping you achieve open-source (no cost) options and identifying alternative service provision.
Little Blue Research, Ltd. is a company formed by Dr. Stephanie Hime, formally KPMG UK’s lead on Natural Capital and involved in the development of the Protocol, that specializes in supporting companies to understand their environmental and social impacts. We provide support in a number of areas relating to Natural Capital, Ecosystems Services, Social Impact and Commercial Research including:
Environmental economics support: project scoping, impact and dependency mapping, data and gap analysis, and valuation.
Social impact support on: understanding and monitoring the impact of different interventions and investments, developing social impact maps, prioritizing and valuing social impacts, designing and reviewing monitoring frameworks.
General research and sustainability support on: stakeholder engagement, qualitative and quantitative research, valuing initiatives and developing sustainability strategies, conducting risk and opportunity analysis, benchmarking, designing and providing training.
Current clients: Natural Capital Coalition, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Confidential Utilities Provider
Working with businesses around the world to identify and assess natural capital benefits from carbon-finance projects.
Natural Capital Partners works more than 300 clients including Microsoft, Marks and Spencer, Bettys and Taylors, BNY Mellon and Sky to deliver project portfolios which enable them to make a positive, sustainable impact on biodiversity, water, agriculture and communities in addition to reducing carbon emissions. Through our comprehensive network of project partners, analysis of project impacts and quality assurance expertise, our clients make positive contributions to natural and human capital and build low carbon sustainable development. Over the last 19 years we have worked with more than 350 projects in 44 countries, ranging from protecting forests from palm oil conversion in Indonesia, to community reforestation for small hold farmers in Kenya, to delivering access to clean water in Guatemala and sub-Saharan Africa. Using a carbon-finance approach, clients are assured of robust monitoring, reporting and verification to ensure results and positive impact from their programmes. Natural Capital Partners participated in the piloting of the Natural Capital Protocol by applying it to a clean cook-stove carbon finance project in Kenya.
The Natural Capital Project works to integrate the value nature provides to society into all major decisions. Our ultimate objective is to improve the well-being of all people and nature by motivating greater and more targeted natural capital investments. We operate as a partnership between Stanford University and the University of Minnesota, The Nature Conservancy, and World Wildlife Fund. Uniquely positioned as neither an academic institution nor an NGO, we inhabit the space between the two to deliver top-notch science and tools to bring the value of natural capital into real-world decisions. Members of our team were among the group of technical experts who developed the Natural Capital Protocol. Our free open-source software tools can be useful at various stage and steps of the Protocol (as outlined in the Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit being developed by WBCSD).
Starting with listening, we work with decision-makers to develop solutions. We use iterative engagement that begins with stakeholders and their needs, so the new science and tools that we develop are immediately relevant and can be incorporated into existing decision processes. We work in a wide array of places and sectors, developing nature-based solutions to problems as varied as: building resilience to climate and coastal hazards in Belize and the Gulf Coast states of the United States; guiding development planning in British Columbia, The Bahamas, and Myanmar; managing corporate risk in global sourcing decisions for Unilever; informing impact assessment and permitting for the Colombian Ministry of the Environment; making smart transportation loan decisions by the Inter-American Development Bank across Latin America; and targeting investments in forest restoration for IUCN and country governments in Africa. In addition to developing the evidence for the power of natural capital approaches to transform decisions, we create software (now downloaded in 160 countries), build capacity through learning exchanges and trainings, and engage leaders to accelerate the uptake and magnify the impact of successes to date.
We have learned that to truly build capacity within our community of practice, multiple engagements that gradually grow the skills of our learners is required. We offer a wide range of courses to help you learn to use our approaches and our free, open-source software tools, including InVEST, RIOS, and OPAL, when following the Natural Capital Protocol. Starting with basic concepts and building to project-specific, in-depth support, we hope to help you find what you need to use ecosystem services to inform decisions. We also host the annual Natural Capital Symposium to convene our growing community of practice for panel sessions, learning exchanges, workshops, and working groups.
Natural Capital Solutions specialises in biodiversity and ecosystem services (ES) research and consulting. We help organisations assess and value natural capital, to enable informed decisions about how they manage their assets. We describe, quantify and spatially map the current state of natural capital, the physical flows of ES, and the values of the benefits that derive from them, and can model how they might change in different future scenarios. We offer training on how to approach the natural capital, ecosystem services and ecosystem approach concepts, how they can benefit organisations, and be successfully integrated into business practice and decision-making. We run training workshops, write briefing notes, introductory guides and detailed guidance, and are experts at operationalising the approach across different sectors. We also offer technical advice on a range of natural capital approaches (e.g. land use opportunity mapping, natural capital accounting, natural capital investment plans), that once a baseline assessment has been made, can be used to guide land use, business risk assessment and investment decisions. We ensure that organisations have the evidence to reveal the aspects of natural capital on which their business depends, the extent of the impacts of their activities, and how they can enhance their natural capital assets, for both the benefit of their business and for wider society.
N2 Inc is a project office on the topics of biodiversity, ecosystems and natural capital. In our projects we connect economics with ecology. We assist companies looking to make a real impact on biodiversity in their business processes or their value chain. We thereby offer an action-oriented perspective that connects with their existing sustainability goals and CSR programmes.
Want natural capital analysis with board level credibility? We can help.
PwC was part of the core team that developed the Natural Capital Protocol. PwC’s environmental valuation methodologies and Kering’s pioneering Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L) (supported by PwC) were also two of the four proprietary methodologies selected by the Coalition’s Methodological Review Panel to inform the development of the Protocol. Our people have previously been central to other major collaborative efforts on natural capital including The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), the WBCSD’s Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation and the UK government’s Framework for Corporate Natural Capital Accounting.
Our established natural capital team combines the technical expertise of ecologists, engineers and economists, with the commercial insight of finance, operations and strategy consultants to deliver business critical analysis that our clients can rely on.
As you’d expect, our team know how to work with the leading models (they developed some of them), and where to source the best data. But from the start, we’re focused on your business challenge, and finding the right solution with you. If a straight forward discussion with our experts, and some back of the envelope calculations are all you need, then that’s what we’ll offer.
If you’re unsure where to start, our natural capital analytics workshop provides a great practical primer along with some immediate results from one of our desktop analytical tools. For example, our rapid natural capital diagnostic runs on some simple input data from your annual report and can hotspot natural capital risks and opportunities in your operations or supply chain live during the workshop.
Sensonomic is our way of proving that taking nature into account is absolutely necessary to manage and value land related risks and opportunities. All businesses and investors that own, produce from, insure, manage, steward, or invest in land are in need of our services.
We collect, process, analyse and validate natural capital- and ecosystem services-data. We utilise new remote sensing opportunities and integrate our findings with real time market and company information
Through a strong link with the government incubator Innovation Norway we can, for the right client, provide significant co-funding to develop novel natural capital information products for the corporate sector.
Sustain Value is a natural and social capital consultancy firm that helps businesses to identify, value and manage environmental and social impacts and dependencies. We are a network-based consultancy led by James Spurgeon, drawing upon numerous experts around the world. As a result, we offer top international expert advice at affordable prices. James has undertaken well over 200 natural capital assessments over the past 20 years, including for many different business sectors around the world. He was a lead author and technical advisor for the Natural Capital Protocol and undertook the Roche deep dive pilot. He leads the EU Business and Biodiversity natural capital accounting for business workstream and has written numerous business guides on the subject including for WBCSD, IPIECA and A4S. He has also provided training on the topic including teaching environmental economics on a Masters course for four years.
Typical advisory services include undertaking: natural and social capital assessments; development of associated decision-support tools; project/site and strategy assessments; option appraisals; cost-benefit analysis and NPV studies; trade-off analysis; water valuation; environmental and social profit and loss accounts; biodiversity offsets and compensation assessments; net impact assessments; Net Positive; ecosystem services assessments etc.
Training courses range from brief 1 to 2 hour introductions to natural capital accounting for business, through to half day, one day and two day training courses. These are offered either directly by Sustain Value or working with others (e.g. with Eftec). Courses can be tailor-made to sectors or companies and held in-house.
A member of the technical team which developed the Natural Capital Protocol and created in 2006, Synergiz is a French non-for-profit organisation (law 1901) which strives to reconcile business and biodiversity. We develop and diffuse innovative ideas and tools to help any type of organisation better integrate biodiversity into their strategies and practices. To that end, Synergiz focuses on three main work streams:
Business and biodiversity : natural capital measurement, valuation, accounting and reporting;
Urban ecosystems : promoting nature-based solutions to urban planning and management challenges;
Protected areas: connecting natural areas and human-dominated landscapes.
Créée en 2006, Synergiz est une association d’intérêt général à but non lucratif (loi 1901) qui œuvre pour réconcilier économie et biodiversité.
Nous développons et diffusons des réflexions et outils afin d’inciter et accompagner les organisations à intégrer la biodiversité dans leurs stratégies et pratiques.
Pour cela, nous axons nos travaux sur trois thématiques :
Entreprise & biodiversité : intégrer la biodiversité dans la stratégie des entreprises
Ecosystèmes urbains : agir au niveau des politiques urbaines du point de vue des différents acteurs concernés
Espaces vierges : faire le lien entre les zones de nature sauvage et le monde régi par les humain
Trucost has been at the forefront of the delivery of natural capital data insights and tools since it began working with its academic advisory panel in 2000 to develop an extensive library of natural capital data and models.
As early as 2010, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative asked Trucost to calculate the cost of global environmental damage and examine why this is important to the economy, capital markets, companies and investors for a pioneering report ‘Why environmental externalities matter to institutional investors’. Since then Trucost has been hired by more than 200 organisations to apply natural capital accounting insights in different ways to inform different business challenges and opportunities.
Our insights and tools routinely inform key business questions including How could environmental constraints lead to raw material price volatility, disrupt operations and impair asset value? How can I capitalize on expanding green product and green investment markets? How can I benefit from circular economy business opportunities?
In this way we help our clients build resilience and identify innovations to best position their business for a low carbon, resource efficient future. By identifying the avoided cost to society of green strategies and products, we further enable our clients to demonstrate the shared value they are creating for customers and investors.
We are delighted support the important work of the Natural Capital Coalition by contributing to the development of The Protocol and developing implementation Sector Guides for the Apparel and Food & Beverage industries.
True Price is a social enterprise which helps companies measure, value and improve impact. In 2014, True Price was one of the parties selected by the Natural Capital Coalition to develop the Natural Capital Protocol. As a committed Coalition partner, True Price provides training and technical advice on the Natural Capital Protocol.
In terms of training, True Price offers interactive workshops for sustainability professionals, presentations to engage employees on the topic and training on the principles for impact valuation methods for interested natural capital experts.
Regarding technical advice, True Price has longstanding experience with helping companies measure and value their impact on natural capital. Our methods are in line with the Natural Capital Protocol, which ensures replicability and comparability. We can help you value natural capital a.) along the value chain, by applying the True Price method, b.) across your company, by applying our Integrated Profit & Loss method, which measures and values impact on the six capitals of the International Integrated Reporting Council, including natural capital, c.) at landscape level, by applying our landscape valuation method.
UNEP-WCMC is UNEP’s specialist biodiversity arm, and a global biodiversity authority. We provide authoritative information about biodiversity and ecosystem services. Working with partners worldwide, this collaboration provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services to help decision-makers learn the value of biodiversity and apply this knowledge. UNEP-WCMC has widely recognised expertise in the provision of data, contextual information, and technical support to decision makers in the private sector and governments.
Our expertise in this space includes:
Identifying of risk exposure around impacts on biodiversity and dependence on ecosystem services on a portfolio, commodity or site level
Measurement of change in biodiversity, providing insights into potential threats to biodiversity and the causes of change – vital background to undertaking natural capital assessments
Development of natural capital metrics
Identification of hotspots and priorities for biodiversity conservation and making that information accessible to corporate decision makers –
Valuing natural capital through mapping of ecosystem assets, providing access to and interpretation of key data sets:
Modelling ecosystem interactions to explore likely future responses to change
Through a long standing partnership with the extractive sector – Proteus – we feed biodiversity data into risk assessment, impact assessment and reporting.
The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT), developed in partnership with BirdLife International, IUCN and Conservation International, offers corporate and financial decision makers with access to key spatial data on biodiversity.
Development of an analytical framework to explore the effects of different trajectories of human induced landscape change on biodiversity and ecosystem services with a focus on agricultural commodities.
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Trainer and Technical Advisor
If you want to understand the material risks and grasp the opportunities related to natural capital for your business, CISL can support you to explore these through one or more of the nine steps outlined in the Natural Capital Protocol. We provide internationally recognised bespoke executive training, individual business support, and technical services underpinned by applied research, impartial analysis and advice from one of the world’s leading universities.
CISL has been at the heart of the process to develop the Natural Capital Protocol. Our own guide to the valuation and interpretation E.Valu.A.Te, contributed to the Protocol process and we led the exciting pilot testing phase of the Protocol involving over 50 leading companies to ensure its relevance for business.
Over 25 years we have created a unique global network of thousands of leaders from all sectors who have benefited from their engagement with CISL. More recently we have helped hundreds of these individuals and their companies understand, measure and manage natural capital in their operations, markets and supply chains. We’ve consciously designed approaches to valuation that are open-access, practical and affordable for business.
Our approach is highly collaborative and we take time to understand your company and use valuation to co-creating commercial solutions with your teams that meet your needs. Our team of leading practitioners draw on our experience working with different sectors to build future resilience, save costs and identify new revenue streams.
Valuing Nature offers natural and social capital accounting and valuation services. It focuses in particular on methodologies and strategies development to operationalize those metrics into decision making processes of organizations. New approaches to value natural capital using distinct perspectives and linking those results with financial metrics is one of its strength.
This work helps organizations move beyond traditional sustainability activities and identify new business models, revenue streams and finance solutions to manage natural capital. The approach uses social capital accounting, when necessary, together with natural capital in order to get a comprehensive picture of your organization impact, accounting for positive and negative contributions.
Valuing Nature also offers one-day workshops to kick-start your exploration of the natural capital topic and build internal knowledge and capacity. Valuing Nature works with a completely transparent methodology and models to allow you to take ownership of the topic.
Viridian Logic offers technical advice on assessing, mapping and modelling natural capital. We can offer training on using GIS to understand and mitigate impacts and dependencies.
Viridian are specialists in mapping and place-based modelling of natural capital, and the ecosystem services that flow from it. We can use satellite or remote sensing data feeds to assess changes in various natural capital, which assists decision making to drive improvements.
We can assist companies apply the Natural Capital Protocol during these steps:
Step 04 – Identify the natural capital relevant to their or their suppliers’ locations, where it is situated and the interaction pathways. Scope the materiality of impacts and dependencies, especially around operations and society, and identify physical boundaries to the study.
Step 05 – Identify, source, manage and understand relevant data. This could include clients’ in-house data, open source or commercial data.
Steps 05/06/07 –Model the loss in land-based ecosystem services resulting from client operations, or that could affect the client through dependencies.
Step 06 – Identify terrestrial, natural capital indicators or proxies to measure change, such as satellite observation of habitat extents.
Step 07 – Biophysical valuation in qualitative or quantitative terms. Assist in creating comparability across ecosystem service flows and the originating capital assets.
Step 09 – Model landscapes or regions to understand how best to improve the flow of ecosystem services, by enhancing or creating natural habitats. Identify areas where degradation of natural capital would result in the greatest loss of relevant ecosystem services, and so should be prioritised for protection.
Angus Middleton, a director of Viridian, was part of the Natural Capital Protocol technical advisory group. He is also on the Innovation Advisory Board of the Natural Environment Research Council. Leon Baruah, a director of Viridian, has a PhD in astrophysics and is an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Wolfs Company is a research consultancy company based in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands). We deliver support to our clients to optimize the sustainable use of ecosystems and thereby increase profits and maximize socioeconomic wellbeing. We are recognized for translating complex information about the value of nature into concise and clear products and actions. Based on the assessment of natural capital, we develop tailor-made instruments to support the private and public sector.
Wolfs Company conducts research on the value of nature and advises its clients on the management of risk and opportunities arising from their dependence on natural capital. For the public and NGO sectors, we analyse and compare policy scenarios, conduct extended cost-benefit analyses, apply tools for spatial planning and develop sustainable financing mechanisms for protected area management. For the private sector, we apply the Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) and the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR) to support business transformation and perform risk-assessment.
Our team has a strong academic and private sector track record. With our international and multidisciplinary experience, we are accustomed to work with different stakeholders and in different geographic regions, especially the Wider Caribbean, Africa and Latin America. Wolfs Company works with a network of scientists and policy experts and collaborates with the VU University Amsterdam in most of its projects.